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Expo 2020 Dubai unveils new round of social entrepreneurs helping communities globally

An Australian organisation providing work opportunities for refugees, a dementia breakthrough from Malta and an environmentally-sustainable Indian packaging company are among 23 new social innovators helping to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges as part of Expo 2020’s global innovation and partnership programme, Expo Live.

The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme, IIGP, began in 2016 and has since expanded from 29 Global Innovators in 22 countries to 142 grantees across 76 countries, with each offered funding of up to AED367,000 (US$100,000), plus expert advice and the opportunity to share their ideas with a global audience.

Cycle Five grantees were selected from a pool of more than 4,000 applicants from 170 countries, proving that meaningful innovation to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges can come from anywhere, to everyone.

Yousuf Luiz Caires, Senior Vice President, Expo Live, said, "Through Expo Live, Expo 2020 is demonstrating its commitment to driving solutions that will positively affect global communities and future generations, supporting social impact start-ups across the world.

"All projects supported by Expo Live so far – from improving access to mental health platforms in Egypt, Saudi Arabia or the United Kingdom, to innovative recycling technology in China – remain committed to improving people’s lives during the global health crisis."

Expo 2020 will offer a unique platform to its Expo Live Global Innovators, including many from Arab nations such as the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. It will provide them with the opportunity to showcase their solutions on a global stage, encouraging collaboration, sparking ideas and inspiring further positive change.

Global Innovators joining the IIGP include Australia-based Talent Beyond Boundaries, TBB, which helps refugees and displaced people move internationally for work, leveraging their professional skills to secure their futures. TBB is engaging the global private sector and national governments to provide a safe, legal migration option for refugees, enabling them to generate income for themselves and their families, while also offering a solution to industries and communities who struggle to find the talent they need. (WAM)

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